What’s Next for the NCLEX®?

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What is the Next Generation NCLEX® Project?

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is considering revisions to the focus, item types, and content of the NCLEX-RN® in the years ahead. What to know now:

  • NCSBN has embarked on a multi-year research project to explore new item types with potentially stronger capabilities for accurately evaluating students’ clinical judgment skills before they receive their license to practice.
  • These new item types are currently included in an optional section of the existing NCLEX-RN for the purpose of collecting functionality data. This special research section does not count as part of the NCLEX score.
  • NCSBN has identified June 2019 as the deadline for a decision on whether to move forward on changes to the NCLEX-RN.
  • A decision to move forward would be followed by an extended period of item development, testing, and refinement before new item types appear on the published NCLEX-RN.
  • The NCLEX-PN® is not currently included in the scope of these changes.

Our NCLEX advisory board members are providing guidance and direction related to our NCLEX products, so they are up to date with the most accurate and reliable content.

NCLEX Advisory Board

What's next for you?

Wolters Kluwer is actively auditing NCLEX news to filter misinformation and keep you up to date with official developments from the NCSBN.

  • Informed by the most accurate, reliable information, our Editorial team will help prepare you for any changes reflected in the NCLEX-RN test plan publishing April 2019.
  • While the upcoming test plan will include new item types as optional questions, no new items will be incorporated as scored questions in 2019.
  • If new item types are introduced, we will make appropriate adjustments to Lippincott® PassPoint and other products to help you confidently transition your program.

View the Recorded Webinar

Strategies for Teaching and Assessing Students’ Nursing Clinical Judgment Skills / Diane Billings and Desiree Hensel

November 5, 2018
Presenters: Diane Billings, Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis and Desiree Hensel, BS, MS, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing, Curry College

In this session the speakers will describe the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Clinical Judgment Model and discuss learning activities targeted at helping students acquire clinical judgment skills.  The concept of retrieval based learning will be described while offering examples of how to use tests and other strategies to assess student’s abilities to make clinical judgments. 

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Learn more about the Next Generation NCLEX project from the NCSBN.

Watch as Phil Dickison, Chief Officer, Operations & Examinations, NCSBN, as he provides information about various pieces of the Next Generation NCLEX project.

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